May 18, 2019 09:00 AM EDT Asheville, North Carolina


Federal Aaron Willard Tall Case Clock

Massachusetts, 1800-1810, dial signed "Aaron Willard/Boston", arched painted dial depicting a riverscape scene, American Federal shield form spandrels, waisted case with quarter columns, original tall French feet, original figural eagle brass finials,  102-1/2 in.

This clock has descended through the Reid and Settle families of Reidsville, North Carolina, since the 19th century. It has been a furnishing of Hugh Reid Scott's home "Melrose," in Reidsville, North Carolina, since the home was built in 1910.
The Reid and Settle families have a long and varied history of public service in North Carolina. David Settle Reid was a NC Governor (1851-1854), US Senator, Congressman and a member of the Great Peace Conference (1861). Thomas Settle was a NC Superior Court Judge, Speaker of the House (1827), member of the NC House of Commons and member of the US House of Representatives. Thomas Settle II was a Speaker of the NC House, Captain of the Third NC Regiment of the Army, NC State Senator, founder of the NC Republican Party (1867), and associate justice of the NC Supreme Court.

Provenance:By descent in the Reid-Settle Family, Reidsville, North Carolina.


extensive losses and repairs to fretwork (extant pieces put in place with museum wax for photo), otherwise good condition, dial with craquelure, surface dirt, minor paint losses, breaks to bottom board (from weights falling) with associated breaks and distress to skirts, pendulum with replaced rod, two period weights, winding key, pendulum present

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
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